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Marshall Runs for First Term on Nyack School Board

With the Nyack School Board elections slated for Tuesday, May 17, Nyack Patch is publishing candidate profiles. Challenger James Marshall talks about what he hopes to accomplish if elected

Patch: Why did you decide to run for a seat on the Nyack School Board?

Marshall: Essentially to give back. I wanted to step up and use my experience and background as a trustee [on other boards] to improve the school district. Nyack Schools have done such a fantastic job molding my own children.

What individual perspective do you believe you can bring to the position?

I live in a minority community, and am a minority myself, so I have a specific understanding of that. I am often struck by some of the concerns that don’t get to the board from the ESL community—some of their issues often don't get put on the table. Using my own local community meetings, I can make sure their issues are heard.

What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Nyack School District right now and in the immediate future?

One of the most pressing are the budget cuts we've experienced, especially in the special education area. We had to reduce staff—we lost teaching assistants and special education assistants. 

The other things: most of the community feels the board could dramatically improve communication with the general public, improve the format of board meetings and improve communication with various bargaining units.

Should you be elected, what would you hope the School Board can accomplish?

One of the things we can do is engage local legislature more. Ultimately, we can't rely on tax revenue—it's affecting all districts, and Nyack is not unique. Clarkstown has had budget cuts, and Nanuet has had cuts, too. We need to stop what's happening in Albany and hopefully have some folk come back who have been laid off.

What is your message to the voters?

The most important thing that needs to be understood: we may not all agree—Nyack is such a diverse community—but we can't allow disagreements to stagnate innovation or vision.

We really need to look at what unites us so we can move forward and make Nyack the premiere district in the county. Good things are happening—we have a new superintendent with strong vision and leadership—and we need to focus on moving forward.

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Voters can contact Marshall at James.marshall087@gmail.com

TY May 10, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Marshall was well informed and well prepared at the PTA's Open Forum. It was evident from his responses he did his homework and was able to answer most questions with specific knowledge of the workings of Nyack Public Schools. Most impressive. I believe Mr. Marshall will be willing to do what is right and make good decisions concerning students, community members, and staff. I wish him well on election day.
James Marshall May 15, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Dear TY Thank you! I appeciate your feedback and support. The community, students and staff of Nyack School District deserve honest and fair engagement from the School Board. I hope that on election day May 17th, that the majority of voters will vote make a decision to move in this direction . If elected, I am committed to work and to do everthing in my power as a Board member to ensure honesty and fairness in all decisions.

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